Thumbs down for liquor shop

2015-05-05 06:00

An application for the construction of a liquor shop in Masiphumelele has been given the thumbs down.

The application made by resident Daliwonga Mnyombolo for a temporary departure to his Leballo Road home came under scrutiny at the monthly subcouncil meeting.

According to the report tabled at the meeting, the applicant seeks approval for a temporary departure to permit a liquor shop to operate from a portion of the property.

The double-storey home already includes a built-on shop which consists of a counter and three store rooms.

In February, the liquor enforcement unit conducted a site inspection and found there was no authorised land use for this shop.

In the motivation, the applicant raised the lack of space for business trading in the area, the employment of four people and says there will be no negative impact on the surrounding residents.

The application received an objection by provincial government who cited the close proximity of the shop to Masiphumelele High School.

In response the applicant stated while the shop was close to the school, there was no access to the shop from Chasmay Road where the school’s entrance is located.

Speaking during the meeting, South Peninsula Subcouncil chairperson Felicity Purchase said the boundary wall along Chasmay Road was more down than up.

She also explained deliveries were made in Chasmay Road.

Speaking from his home, Mnyombolo said he was disappointed with the decision. He says he has been trying to obtain a liquor licence for almost seven years.

“They keep rejecting me when I am the only one trying to legalise my business. There are so many shebeens in Masi that are next to churches and crèches who don’t have a licence but they can just carry on.”

Sitting on an old car parked on his porch, Mnyombolo pages through a file containing all his documentation.

He produces a letter from Ocean View police supporting his application.

He also informs People’s Post of a court case which ran last year and explains in October he was found guilty of selling alcohol without a licence and sentenced to Pollsmoor Prison for four months.

He was released in February and is currently on parole.

“I am sad. I have been trying for a long time and the reasons they give are poor. There are so many people who are selling alcohol illegally and they [the City and police] do nothing. I have gone to jail and now have to do community work,” he says, showing his community services log sheet.

According to this documentation Mnyombolo is required to work at Ukhanyo Primary School on weekends.

Asked why he opted to sell alcohol, Mnyombolo explains: “There aren’t opportunities for work. I have a wife and two children and with no jobs I sell alcohol. There aren’t other jobs for us.”

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